By Rick McKinley is pastor of Imago Dei 
I was asked to contribute to the CNN “Belief Blog” on the topic of Black Friday. Below is a selection from my post. *This content is posted with permission from CNN.
As I watched the scene on TV, I imagined my grandfather fighting his way through the mob as the doors opened and the mad rush began. Though we may never remember that pair of underwear that Grandpa bought for Grandma, we will never forget the punctured lung he received when he was trampled upon by the crowd.
Some Christmas memories are just that special.
Thankfully, that was only my imaginings. But guns were pulled at a Sears in Texas, and two people were shot outside a Walmart in Florida in a scuffle over a parking space.
We see the scenes every Black Friday: shoppers standing in line for hours, the doors bursting open, elbows and expletives flying, pushing, shoving, waved weapons, threatened lives.
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(Police respond to a Black Friday shooting in Florida. *Photo by CNN)